Street vendors are resourceful in their claim of sidewalks and, while improvising, manage to generate their income. Tomesen portrays them while revealing the beauty of unintentional compositions, colors, forms, repetitive qualities. By this, the films remind of installation art and performances.
'Street vendors' is a video installation with four films about street vendors in four cities on four continents. We watch the sellers as they're being observed by Su Tomesen in their daily trials and tribulations. The entrepreneurs prove to be resourceful in their claim of the sidewalks and, while improvising, they manage to generate their income. Tomesen reveals the beauty of unintentional compositions, colors, forms and repetitive qualities. The day elapses and enfolds, without any voice-over, dialogue or explanation. The rhythm of the films follows the rhythm of a day. The repetition found in situations and activities that occur every single day, regardless of the weather are like a scripted reality.
The films about the wondrous world of the urban micro economy and resourcefulness in the public domain in Medellín, Tirana. Johannesburg and Yogyakarta can be presented as a four-channel installation with one 5.1 soundtrack, or separately as a single screen work. Each film lasts half an hour and all start at beginning of the day and end at approximately the same time.
The project has been supported by Mondriaan Fonds, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Tijl Fonds, Filmfonds, Stokroos.